Jarret P. Hitchings

Partner

  • Jarret P. Hitchings
  • Phone: +1 302 657 4952
    Fax: +1 302 397 2740

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  • Duane Morris LLP
    222 Delaware Avenue, Suite 1600
    Wilmington, DE 19801-1659
    USA
  • Duane Morris LLP
    30 South 17th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103-4196
    USA

Jarret P. Hitchings practices in the area of commercial finance and corporate restructuring. Mr. Hitchings regularly represents business debtors, committees, lenders, trustees and creditors, particularly with respect to bankruptcy, insolvency, and distressed-asset litigation. He also counsels agents, lenders and borrowers in financial transactions, and lenders, servicers, corporations and management in connection with governance issues and commercial disputes.

Mr. Hitchings has extensive experience practicing before each of the Delaware courts, including the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware and the Delaware state Court of Chancery, which are both preeminent corporate law venues. He also appears regularly on behalf of clients in other principal commercial bankruptcy venues including the Southern District of New York and the Southern District of Texas.

In addition, Mr. Hitchings has an active cross-border insolvency and restructuring practice focused on Chapter 15 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. He has experience representing official foreign administrators and liquidators for a variety of entities and investment structures with respect to main and ancillary insolvency matters in the United States.

Mr. Hitchings graduated magna cum laude from Villanova University School of Law, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif, and the Pennsylvania State University.

Areas of Practice

  • Bankruptcy Law & Litigation

  • Commercial Finance

  • Corporate Litigation

Representative Matters

  • Lead U.S. counsel to foreign representatives and joint administrators of Guernsey holding company in connection with chapter 15 recognition proceedings in the United States.
  • U.S. counsel to foreign representatives and joint official liquidators for Cayman Island hedge fund in connection with the administration and wind-down of chapter 15 cases for feeder-fund affiliates.

  • Lead counsel to assignee with respect to assignment and liquidation of assets for the benefit of creditors of retail manufacturer.
  • Counsel to first lien bank group in the closing of a debt restructuring and equity transfer involving Atlantic City casino resort.
  • Lead counsel to restaurant chain debtors in chapter 11 reorganization.
  • Lead counsel to secured lender in chapter 11 reorganization and refinancing of major office building property.
  • Lead counsel to energy logistics company in chapter 11 cases of oil exploration and production companies.

  • Lead and Delaware counsel to lenders in connection with debtor-in-possession financing in major retail and pharmaceutical cases.
  • Co-counsel to the official committee of unsecured creditors in chapter 11 reorganization of international metals company.
  • Lead counsel to software development company in connection with auction and sale of licensing and publishing assets.
  • Lead and Delaware counsel to shopping center landlords in connection with numerous retail bankruptcy cases.
  • Counsel to purchaser and its joint venture partners in securing the highest bid for purchase of Montana resort.
  • Lead counsel to lender and special loan servicer in connection with state law commercial loan default and foreclosure litigation.
  • Lead counsel to Spanish pharmaceutical company in fiduciary duty litigation against portfolio company.

Admissions

  • Delaware
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Education

  • Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
    - Order of the Coif
  • The Pennsylvania State University, B.A.

Experience

  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Partner, 2021-present
    - Associate, 2013-2020
  • Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLC
    - Associate, 2010-2013

Professional Activities

  • INSOL International, Member
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
    - Newsletter Editor for the Emerging Industries and Technology Committee
    - Advisory Board Member for the Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop

Selected Publications

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Panel Speaker, "Beyond the Surface of Venue: Real World Bankruptcy Practice in 2018," National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, 2018 Annual Meeting
  • Presenter, "Key Issues in Distressed Debt, Workouts, and Restructurings: Practical Guide," The Knowledge Group, Webcast, October 10, 2019